CHOW-CHOW

Chow-chow is a delicious southern pickled relish. I grew up eating chow-chow as a condiment on collard greens,  crab cakes, hot dogs, and hamburgers. I recently learned that there is a host of folks that have never heard of chow-chow, including some southerners. I have tweaked the original family recipe to fit my palate; hope you like it. CHOW-CHOW…

MONDAY NITE FOOTBALL CHEESE BALL

MONDAY NITE FOOTBALL CHEESE BALL 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened, 1 (8 oz.) white cheddar cheese, shredded, 1/4 teaspoon fish seasoning,  1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 1/4 cup crab claw meat, finely chopped, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped, 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped. Get out a bowl, add…

AVACADO TOAST

  THE PERFECT AVOCADO TOAST  4 slices of garlic sourdough bread, 4 tablespoons cream cheese, softened,  2 medium, Haas avocados, 1/4 cup salted pumpkin seeds, hulled and chopped, 6 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled, 1 large heirloom tomato slices, 1/2 cup craw meat First things first, toast the bread. Smear a layer of cream…

FAIR FOOD

SPAM FRIES This just might be the culinary fair food of the century.  I serve these fries with a Green Onion Dip and a Whiskey Sour Cocktail. Grits: 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 cup uncooked quick grits, ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese. In a saucepan, add…

BEIGNETS

BEIGNETS 1 cake compressed yeast, 1/4 cup lukewarm water (110 degrees), 3/4 cup evaporated milk, scalded, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening, melted, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 large egg, beaten, 3 cups self-rising flour, powdered sugar for dusting, and oil for frying. The surprise ingredient is the raspberry preserve….

SHRIMP STUFFED PINEAPPLE BOAT

SHRIMP STUFFED PINEAPPLE BOAT 1 large pineapple, 1/4 cup cooked rice, 1/2 pound large head and tail on shrimp, 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped, 2 firm tomatoes, chopped, 3 tablespoon red onions, chopped, 1 large jalapeno pepper, chopped. Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise, scoop out all the flesh, chop and set aside.  Lightly salt…

BANANA NUT BREAD

BANANA NUT BREAD 2 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted 2 times, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups or 3 small very ripe bananas, mashed, 1/3 cup orange juice, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 2 large eggs,…

CAJUN FRENCH FRIES

CAJUN FRENCH FRIES 2 pounds of russet potatoes, 1 cup of cornflour, 2 1/2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal, 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning salt, 2 teaspoons cayenne and oil for frying. Wash and cut the potatoes into a fry size.  Get out a large bowl, add cold water. Soak the potatoes in the cold water for 10-minutes….

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

 Lamb is the perfect offering for dinner. Lamb can be a little gamey, so be sure to trim off some of the fat.  I always buy domestic lamb. Domestic lambs are feed grass up until 30-day before slaughter, then they are feed grain. Substituting grain for grass changes the taste of the lamb along with the…

CHICKEN FRIED STEAK

CHICKEN FRIED STEAK 1 pound of boneless beef round steak, cut into portion sizes, 3/4 cup self-rising flour, 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1/2 teaspoon onion soup mix, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder,  1/2 cup milk, 1 1/4 cups beef stock,  1 egg, beaten, 1 stick…

TURKEY

Cousin Phyllis Lopez has honored us by sharing her Baked Turkey recipe. November is just around the corner before you know it, it’s going to be Thanksgiving. This recipe is for a twelve (12) pound turkey. Thaw and remove any packaging and the giblet from the turkey neck and cavity.  Rinse turkey with cold water…

SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS

SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS 1 pound ground sirloin, 4 tablespoons bread crumbs, 4 tablespoons evaporated milk, 4 tablespoon white onions, chopped, 1 egg, beaten, 1 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 cup beef broth, 2 teaspoons white vinegar, 4 tablespoon ketchup,  2 tablespoons dark corn starch, 6 ginger snap…